Cara Delevingne Wrote Her Own Lines in ‘Carnival Row’

Amazon’s new original series Carnival Row is a historical fantasy from the mind of Travis Beacham. It is set in a world resembling Victorian England, only humans are joined by faeries, centaurs and other creatures. Cara Delevingne plays a faery named Vignette Stonemoss. Beacham invented Carnival Row so only he knows what really happens in Carnival Row, but Delevinge was able to convince him a few of her ideas made sense.

Cara Delevingne attends the LA Premiere of Amazon’s “Carnival Row” | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Delevingne was part of Amazon’s Television Critics Association panel for Carnival Row. After the panel ended she spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet further about her contributions to Beacham’s world. Carnival Row premieres Friday, August 30 on Amazon Prime. 

The male creators Cara Delevingne has worked with have always listened to her

Cara Delevingne made Suicide Squad with David Ayer and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with Luc Besson. Travis Beacham continues in their tradition.

Cara Delevingne as Vignette Stonemoss in Carnival Row | Jan Thijs/Amazon

“I’ve always been interested very much in science-fiction and fantasy, “Delevingne said. “Especially for some reason, I think there’s always been a lot more space to create these extremely amazing female characters. With all the creators of these, they’ve always been very amazing and willing to work with me on what I think because it’s always been kind of male writers, but they always want a female voice. I get to also add that two cents into it which has always been amazing.”

Cara Delevingne tells Travis Beacham how Vignette Stonemoss talks

Travis Beacham invented the faeries of Carnival Row, but Cara Delevingne still knows something he can’t possibly know. 

Cara Delevingne as the faerie Vignette Stonemoss in Carnival Row | Jan Thijs/Amazon

“By literally changing the lines, to be like, ‘A woman wouldn’t say that. She would say this,’” Delevingne said. “If you tell a man that a woman wouldn’t say that then they can’t be like, ‘Well, sorry.’ They’ve always been extremely amazing with that.”

Cara Delevingne hopes ‘Carnival Row’ can have a real-world impact

People of all species live in The Burgue, and they’re not all equal. Many faeries still emigrate to The Burgue, even though they are going to have a hard life there. Delevingne hopes the milieu of fantasy can get viewers thinking about immigration.

Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne of ‘Carnival Row’ speaks onstage during the Amazon Prime Video segment of the Summer 2019 Television Critics Association Press Tour | David Livingston/Getty Images

“It’s very, very important to me the jobs I do to have some sort of positive or do something,” Delevingne said. “It’s not like we’re saving lives, but I want to make a difference.”

Is Cara Delevingne part of the problem or the solution in ‘Carnival Row’?

Vignette Stonemoss is caught between both worlds. She’s bringing faeries to The Burgue, and she’s in a secret relationship with a human detective (Orlando Bloom), but is she really helping them?

“Vignette has lost everyone and everything she’s ever had,” Delevingne said. “Her trying to get people to the Berg is because if she doesn’t, they will be killed. But also at the end of the day, it’s still like okay, but she’s making money. She’s helping people get passage but how much is that? But also she has nothing anyway so she needs to somehow survive. She’s still going back to try to save people.”

Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne in Carnival Row
Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne in Carnival Row | Jan Thijs/Amazon

That complexity makes Vignette Stonemoss a treat for Cara Delevingne to play.

“She’s still a good person,” Delevingne said. “She’s not one of the people that are bad but it still is weighing on her. The fact that it weighs on her means that she’s a good person because she’s not really doing anything wrong.”